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From Bondi Beach to the slums of Columbia

We all dream about selling all our belongings, and travelling the world. But for these two humanitarian adventurers, it became a reality.ll

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Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday

We celebrate the life of former South African president Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday as reports emerge of his improving health.

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‘We Held Hands’: A short story by Kathryn Freeman

Read Kathryn Freeman’s winning entry for the The Footpath Library and Macquarie Short Story Competition.

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5 minutes with Rachel Taulelei

We talk toWellington on a Plate Chair and ‘Master Shucker’ Rachel Taulelei about this year’s festival highlights.

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Malala Yousafzai: “Education can change the world”

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for attending school, marked her 16th birthday with a passionate speech at the United Nations.

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Global Citizen: ending world poverty via music

Ahead of its Auckland concert date, we look at the humble beginnings of the festival ending world poverty: Global Citizen.

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Ada Nicodemou talks coffee obsession

Home and Away star and Gold Logie winner Ada Nicodemou knows all too well about the benefits of a good cup of coffee. She discusses how the liquid gold is vital to balancing her busy life.

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Oprah tops Forbes Most Powerful Celebrity list

After spending two years in the runners’ up position, Oprah Winfrey was named Forbes’ most powerful celebrity this week.

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Happy Simply Home

We talk to teacher and aid worker d’Arcy Lunn, a passionate participant in The End of Polio campaign, about buidling his Happy Simply sustainable homes.

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KidsCan: helping New Zealand kids

Not every child starts on an equal footing. KidsCan is helping to support the one in four New Zealand children living in poverty.

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Ben Affleck gets behind extreme poverty

Actor Ben Affleck is the latest to make a pledge to global poverty charity Live Below the Line.

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will.i.am donates $100,000 to New Zealand schools

Grammy Award winning Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am has donated $100,000 to a group of New Zealand schools during his recent stopover at Auckland.

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Women and the water crisis

Women are at the front lines of the global water crisis, carrying the burden of water every day.

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Presidential Funnies

President Barack Obama’s 2013 White House Correspondent’s Dinner speech had the room in stitches, with tongue-in-cheek quips and one hilarious photo.

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Angelina Jolie Presses G8 Foreign Ministers Over Warzone Rape

Angelina Jolie joins foreign ministers at G8 summit in London to press for landmark measures to secure justice for victims of sexual violence in warzones.

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Michelle Obama wades into gun debate

As a general rule, First Ladies focus on very neutral issues, but this week Michelle Obama has weighed in on the US gun control debate, with a personal speech in her hometown of Chicago.

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Fighting poverty through education

Charity-funded, the school of St Jude is providing free, quality education to more than 1,500 of the poorest children in Tanzania.

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MiNDFOOD Radio featuring Angus Stewart & Kathryn McCusker

In this week’s program we bring you the very best change of season advice from how to deal with nasty asthma flare ups, easting for the season and how to prepare your garden for the colder months.

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Story of Empowerment

Documentary in the making, Sisters of Samoa, is set to get a boost through philanthropic crowdfunding website, Boosted.

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Lennox calls for end to violence against women

Renowned singer and activist, Annie Lennox has drawn up a petition to end gender violence against women in South Africa.

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Angelina Jolie visits Africa to fight sexual abuse

Angelina Jolie heads to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda this week to meet with women and girls and help the fight against sexual violence.

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Gail Kelly mixes business with caring

Gail Kelly, CEO of Westpac and CARE Australia’s ambassador for women’s empowerment talks to Donna Duggan about her involvement in the not-for-profit organisation.

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MiNDFOOD Radio featuring Marion Grasby & Kitty Ferguson

In this week’s show celebrity chef Marion Grasby talks Mother’s day thai food, Kitty Ferguson share how she beat cancer, we find out the tell tale signs of Parkinson’s disease and more.

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It’s back to school for Malala Yousafzai

15-year-old Malala Yousafzai has returned to the classroom for the first time since she was shot in the head on her way home from school in Pakistan.

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